Senior Communications Specialist
As DC’s oldest and largest civil legal services program, Legal Aid’s mission is to make justice real—in individual and systemic ways—for persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia. Our clients are individuals and families, predominantly of color, in need of legal assistance in areas ranging from housing and domestic violence law to public benefits and consumer law. Legal Aid attorneys provide our clients with high-quality, zealous legal representation, while also seeking systemic solutions to the problems they face, through litigation, court reform, and legislative and agency advocacy.
Legal Aid is looking for a Senior Communications Specialist to join our team to enhance our systemic advocacy and expand our capacity to engage with our client community, policymakers, collaborators, supporters, and the public at large. Working closely with senior leaders of the organization and reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Communications Specialist will lead the organization’s external communications efforts. This individual will also be a member of Legal Aid’s internal Racial Justice Working Group to ensure that our communications help further the organization’s racial justice goals. Key qualities include a demonstrated passion for social justice issues, excellent writing skills, strong project management skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with different audiences.
- Organize and manage Legal Aid’s communications strategy and initiatives, including public relations, the website, our blog, social media, and donor communications.
- Implement new and effective social media strategies to significantly increase Legal Aid’s social media following and engagement across all of our current media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The Senior Communications Specialist will work closely with the Director of Policy Advocacy to help use social media, especially Twitter, to advance our policy advocacy agenda.
- Respond to press requests and seek opportunities to collaborate with local and national media outlets to highlight Legal Aid’s work in order to further organizational goals, including client empowerment, policy advocacy, fundraising, and donor cultivation.
- Manage and write mass donor communications, primarily an emailed newsletter, to ensure that donors stay engaged with Legal Aid throughout the year and understand the impact of their support.
- Lead a short-term major project this year to upgrade and redesign Legal Aid’s website to more effectively 1) help prospective clients access legal assistance; 2) encourage and facilitate donations; and 3) recruit potential employees and volunteers.
- Create materials for internal and external use for campaigns, programs, and development, such as talking points, fact sheets, brochures, flyers, graphics, presentations, etc.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
- A minimum of five years of experience in marketing, communications, and/or media. Experience in non-profit communications is a plus.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and comfort working with colleagues across departments.
- Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple assignments on different timelines.
- Ability to work skillfully, both independently and collaboratively with teams. Project management experience preferred.
- Willingness and ability to be keyed into social media, stay up-to-date on both local DC news and national news, and to learn about how local and national policy impacts Legal Aid’s client community.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary starts at $61,000, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes fully paid health insurance (for the employee), annual discretionary retirement match, and 12 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave, ten paid federal/local holidays, and three personal days.
Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should submit a letter of interest and resume here. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.
More about the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia:
Legal Aid, founded in 1932, provides free civil legal services to persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is composed of direct representation in housing, family/domestic violence, public benefits, and consumer law. We also work on immigration law matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation. We have grown to a staff of more than 90 attorneys and staff, serving some 10,000 DC residents annually through direct legal services, and tens of thousands more through systemic advocacy and litigation. For more information about Legal Aid, please visit our website, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.org.
Job posted: 2021-02-09